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March 2019

Vol. 05. No. 01

Fighting the supply chain skills crisis


Contents COVER STORY 22

Hino SA has ambitious plans for 2019 and the future Hino South Africa, which enjoyed a very successful 2018 in terms of vehicle and parts sales as well as customer and dealer satisfaction ratings, laid out ambitious plans for 2019

A culture of disobeying road laws T

hree teenagers were killed and another is in a serious condition in hospital in KwaZulu-Natal after a taxi driver skipped a red light and collided with them. The community has expressed anger at the tragic incident saying that taxi drivers often drive recklessly in the area. The unfortunate truth is that such reckless driving is not limited to just that part of South Africa but is a national pandemic. Many drivers in South Africa treat road regulations as mere suggestions rather than rules to drive by.

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Local primary school receives transport boost Hino 500 Crew Cab models arrive in SA Serco builds dry-liners for City Logistics


Initiative to assist black –owned towing companies is launched

“Most drivers automatically assume only taxi drivers break the law and admittedly, they are often culprits,” says Managing Director of MasterDrive, Eugene Herbert. “Yet, they are not the only ones at fault. Not coming to a complete stop at stop signs, driving in yellow lines, distracted driving and not giving way to pedestrians are all rules that many motorists disobey daily. “After an incident as horrifying and tragic as this one, all drivers need to reassess their own driving and question how many times they are guilty of disobeying a road rule, no matter how small. South Africa has a culture of drivers who believe they can break the law because other drivers do and get away with it.”


Young SA freight forwarder shines at international competition


Fighting the supply chain skills crisis


Serco full of good news for the New Year

Instead South African drivers should play their role in developing safer roads.


Barloworld announces new Group structure


Transportation Components now supplies to Henred Fruehauf


Ctrack launches ultra-compact tracking devices

“Every driver needs to commit to driving defensively, courteously and within the confines of the law,” says Herbert. “Part of the reason road fatalities are much lower in many first world countries is because drivers take the law seriously. It is time for South African drivers to start creating their own culture of safe driving.


NitraLife has it covered!


Isuzu consolidates bakkie and truck plant


Zimbabwe and the road haulage industry


Super Group CEO named All Africa Business Leader of the Year


Stop-start technology – make sure your battery keeps up


Eqstra Fleet Management wins Tiger Brands Publisher

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“As a nation we have been left horrified by what happened to the teenagers in KwaZulu-Natal. Let it be powerful motivation to any driver, who breaks the law, to change their behaviour. To the family and friends of those who lost their lives, we give you our heartfelt condolences,” says Herbert.

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Initative to assist black-owned towing companies is launched Telesure Investment Holdings (Telesure), which owns and operates several of South Africa’s leading insurance brands, has teamed up with Firstassist to launch an initiative to assist Black-owned Exempted Micro Enterprises take their business to the next level

Local Primary School Receives Transport Boost The learners from Heatherbank Primary School close to Theesecombe today received a transport boost with the donation of a 60-seater Isuzu bus


he 108 learners from Grade 1 to Grade 7 are transported daily from Walmer Township and surrounds to school. Principal, Ellen Lovemore, said the bus was very much needed as the old bus they were using had recently broken down. “We are grateful to have reliable transport to ensure our learners get to class and back home safely every day.” The donation was made possible by Ironman 4the Kids in collaboration with Isuzu Motors South Africa.


he initiative has been endorsed by the Minister of Small Business Development, Ms Lindiwe Zulu as a major breakthrough for the towing industry. According to Nkuli Maninjwa, Telesure’s Group Transformation Manager: “We have procured roll-back tow trucks which will be given to 22 black-owned towing companies on an interest-free loan basis. This is our opportunity to lend a hand – Thuma Mina – to those who, without the right financial or business backing, may never have realised their full potential. By providing a solid foundation for aspiring young South Africans, we are unlocking our country’s greatest potential – its people.” The initiative forms part of Telesure’s Enterprise and Supplier Development programme, Sisekelo. “From a macroeconomic perspective, Sisekelo aims to stimulate the growth of SMEs, with the view to positively impact South Africa’s unemployment rate


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and economic development. On the microeconomic side, it is an opportunity for Telesure to expand its distribution footprint and ultimately, contribute towards the advancement of entrepreneurship,” says Maninjwa. Minister Zulu said, “As the Minister of Small Business Development, mandated to create a conducive ecosystem for SMMEs to grow, it is an honour for me to be involved in this initiative as SMMEs remain the back bone of our country’s economy. Whilst much has been achieved to support local SMMEs, our view is that much more can be done through strategic partnerships and collaboration especially with the Private Sector.” Diana Brophy, CEO of Firstassist, concludes: “At Firstassist, we support many small, black owned towing operators around the country and understand their daily difficulties and costs associated with maintaining an aging fleet. The impact on these new vehicles will have positive influence and we are extremely privileged to be associated with this initiative”.

The bus was handed over by Gary Stephenson (left), Ironman 4the Kids co-founder, Michael Sacke (middle), Isuzu Motors South Africa, CEO and MD to Ellen Lovemore. With them is Deputy Executive Mayor, Councillor Thsonono Buyeye.

Hino 500 crew cab models arrive in SA T

he Hino 500 Wide Cab range of heavy commercial trucks has been increased to 14 with the addition of two 1627 Crew Cab derivatives, one with a 6-speed manual gearbox and the other with a 6-speed Allision automatic transmission. The Crew Cab provides seating for seven people, including the driver. “The Hino 500 Wide Cab range, which was introduced to South Africa at the end of 2017, has been well accepted in the market and now we can fill requirements in another niche segment with the arrival of the Crew Cab models,” said Ernie Trautmann, the Vice President of Hino SA. “We see the new additions appealing to municipalities, removal companies, tow truck operators as well as the construction and mining industries.” The Crew Cabs are well specified, with standard equipment including air conditioning, electric windows, audio system, cruise control and hill start-assist on the manual model. The Hino 1627 Crew Cab outperforms its direct competitor with a more powerful engine, fully automatic transmission, higher GVM of 16 000kg, full air braking system, much bigger fuel tank, tighter turning circle and far better gradeability. March 2019 / Future Trucking & Logistics



Serco builds dry-liners for City Logistics Serco has supplied eight Dry-Liner bodies for Durban-based City Logistics to add to its wide-ranging fleet

Young South African freight forwarder shines at international competition


ity Logistics has established a comprehensive distribution network operating throughout South Africa and into neighbouring countries such as Botswana and Namibia. Daily operations – involving the 450-strong distribution fleet - include deliveries to major shopping centres as well as overnight road freight services. The line haul division boasts a fleet of more than 500 vehicles operating on a 24-hour basis, providing an inter-depot service for distribution and point-to-point delivery. Serco’s key account manager Colin Atkinson said City Logistics required 54 cubic metres of loading space in each of the new bodies. Serco offered the dry-liner body built using Protec steel facings and an injected foam core to provide a highly durable and lightweight panel construction.


“We were thus able to accommodate the customer’s requirements with the 8.25 m bodies which were constructed at Serco’s Durban factory and handed over to City Logistics in October,” said Atkinson.


t’s a job that requires an in-depth knowledge of transport logistics, excellent communication skills and problem-solving abilities. Transporting goods across the world efficiently and safely can be very complex, and a sound knowledge of shipping law and international customs regulations is imperative.

Fleet Director Anthony Naicker said City Logistics was pleased with the builds and looked forward to continue growing the partnership with Serco.


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The competition, run by the International Federation of Freight Forwarders’ Associations (FIATA), is conducted in three stages. The first entails an extensively researched 6 000-word paper outlining an import and export shipment from the entrant’s native country. Segooa’s dealt with the delivery of an abnormally sized consignment of aircraft parts to Germany, showcasing South Africa’s technical capabilities; and the importation from France by sea of a container of temperature sensitive carbon composites which involved a short transit, yet explored strategic responses and demonstrated how modern technologies can’t be taken for granted. Segooa’s well-presented and written dissertation beat out 16 entries from around the world and put her through to the regional second phase, representing Africa Middle East. Further success meant she went

to the FIATA World Congress in New Delhi as one of four regional finalists, up against entrants from the Americas, Europe and the Pacific regions. For her 15-minute final-phase presentation, Segooa used the Rubik’s Cube as a metaphor for freight forwarding, associating the six sides of the cube with the six main elements of international trade transactions. “Rubik’s Cube has taught me that the real reward of achieving a goal is far greater than the actual result,” she says. “It’s about who you become in the process of challenging yourself and how that inspires other people. This is why I chose it as the metaphor to explain the complexity in freight forwarding, where no amount of data or numbers will get you to the right answer. When it comes time to make that decision as a freight forwarder, all you have to guide you are your values and the vision and your life experiences that make you who you are.” The UK’s Louis Perrin claimed the top honours for 2018. For Segooa, her personal first prize was the fantastic experience and exposure to many international delegates who shared insightful knowhow about their ever-evolving industry. “Nothing can substitute for experience,’ she says. “For me, this journey wasn’t about winning, but the experience that came with it – a lifetime one. Be brave, take risks. Every journey is a quest, whether you know it or not.”

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Fighting the supply chain skills crisis


his is the contention of Tonya Lamb, business development executive at SAPICS, The Professional Body for Supply Chain Management. Speaking at the 11th annual Supply Chain Management Education Excellence Awards, Lamb said that the current shortage of skills is a major threat not just to supply chains, but to businesses and the economy. “Supply chain management is at the heart of every organisation. An effective, streamlined and skilled supply chain provides a business with a competitive advantage, but more importantly, is paramount to building thriving economies,” she stressed. In his 2019 State of the Nation address, President Cyril Ramaphosa highlighted the importance of effective supply chain management in Government’s service delivery objectives. “In improving the capabilities of public servants, the National School of Government is introducing a suite of compulsory courses, covering areas like ethics and anti-corruption, senior management and supply chain management,” he said.

Supply Chain Professional of the Year, Richard Dos Santos (centre), with Ingrid Du Buisson of the Transport Education Training Authority (TETA) and SAPICS president Mungo Park

“The image of the supply chain management profession has been marred by corruption, and skills development and the professionalisation of supply chain management has never been more critical than it is today, in our increasingly global, challenging, complex and dynamic business environment.”


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Lamb stated that the factors contributing to the supply chain management skills gap include retiring “baby boomers”, the profession’s image and its changing job requirements. “Many of the people who entered the supply chain management profession at its inception are now at retirement age. Because it is sometimes misunderstood and undervalued, the supply chain management profession is not attracting the young, emerging talent that it needs. Supply chain management is also a constantly evolving and changing profession. We are seeing the rapid introduction of new technologies, and businesses are struggling to find people with the required skills sets.” SAPICS’s Supply Chain Management Education Excellence Awards recognise individuals, organisations and educators who are going the extra mile to advance and develop the supply chain and operations management profession.

Addressing guests, nominees and award winners at the event, Ingrid Du Buisson, executive officer of the Forwarding & Clearing Chamber at the Transport Education Training Authority (TETA), reported that TETA is forging strategic partnerships with organisations like SAPICS to drive muchneeded recognition and professionalisation of the supply chain industry. Recent advances include the establishment by National Treasury of the Interim Supply Chain Council, with which TETA is working to ensure quality and standards in supply chain training and certifications. “TETA is excited to be a part of today’s awards, celebrating individuals and organisations that are working hard to make a difference and contributing towards tackling the skills crisis,” she said. The Supply Chain Management Education Excellence Awards covered several categories. The awards were presented by SAPICS director Keabetswe Mpane, who is Transnet Rail Engineering’s head of department for logistics and compliance. “This year’s submissions have been nothing less than extraordinary,” she noted. “They speak of individual growth and personal development, business transformation and improvements in efficiency, but also highlight how education, training and skills development have in some cases been life changing. Every year the task of evaluating the submissions and deciding on the winners becomes more and more challenging. The panel of judges - comprising leaders and specialists in the profession - had a tough task,” she said. The 2019 Supply Chain Management Education Excellence Awards winners were: Higher Education and Training Student of the Year: Marna Louwrens, Stellenbosch University Facilitator of the Year: Mpho Makaleng of UNISA Education Organisation of the Year: Centre for Logistics Excellence Supply Chain Professional of the Year: Richard Dos Santos of Isential Corporate Educator of the Year: Imperial Logistics

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Serco full of good news for the New Year Full order books, business already coming in for 2019 and a positive outlook generally for the New Year - that’s the good news from leading South African trailer and truck building company, Serco


anaging Director Clinton Holcroft attributes the continued impressive business performance to tight cost control and the company’s Protec Steel refrigerated vehicles “People in the industry continue to be impressed with the durability of the coated steel panels. Added to that they also like the newly introduced rice grain aluminium floor which has proved to be a popular high wearing feature,” said Holcroft. Other features include fully welded aluminium scuffs which create a durable, waterproof and high strength structure; and new door seals made of an extruded rubber material, providing an excellent thermal barrier preventing the leakage of cold air. Another advantage is that repair costs to the coated steel vehicles are relatively low. Holcroft said the slow economy and volatile rand had put a lot of pressure on Serco in 2018 but there had been positive growth for the company thanks to its advanced panel manufacturing technology. “Serco has also created new positions for a Process Improvement Manager and a Quality Engineer to build on the continuous improvement culture in the company. “We expect next year to be similar to 2018 and are well placed, well equipped and determined to make a success of it. The economic forecast for the South African economy for 2019 is another year of marginal growth, but we remain optimistic, especially with efforts being made to root out government corruption and the recent investment summit which I believe will combine to help create a more enabling relationship between business and government,” he said. “Serco will continue working with customers to find tangible solutions for transport challenges, reducing costs and improving efficiency. Our new Protec steel panels are the answer for improved durability and reducing long term running cost.” Holcroft said customers were increasingly anxious to improve the thermal performance of their refrigerated

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vehicles. “With our new injected foam technique for manufacturing panels there’s more than a 20% improvement in thermal performance over our previous model. The significance of this is a reduced load on the fridge - - undoubtedly a big plus factor for customers.” He said the drought in parts of the country over the past year had impacted on the volume of agricultural products and hence perishable goods transport during the year, however, with improving rainfall he was optimistic for a positive outlook for 2019. On the issue of sky-rocketing fuel costs, Holcroft said transporters remained under pressure but were hoping for some reversals in 2019. “The high cost of fuel, however, creates opportunities for innovation. Serco is focusing on reducing trailer tare weight and we recently completed the manufacture of two prototype semi-trailers with full aluminium facings using our injected panel technology. The result is a reduction in weight of more than 500kg over our standard model. In the area of further expansion for the company, Serco was keen to grow sales in neighbouring countries and would explore ways to offer improved support for products already operating there.






Said Holcroft: “Serco is optimistic about the future of South Africa due to the positive changes occurring in Government and the efforts being made to achieve better alignment between Government and business to grow the economy. With the continuing challenging conditions, we are committed to growing our capabilities to compete against global competitors and raise local standards to better serve our clients. “With the new appointments made recently in the Serco team and our focus on continuous improvement, we are confident the company will go from strength to strength.”

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Barloworld announces new Group structure

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On 27 February 2019, Barloworld Group announced a strategic decision to merge their Automotive and Logistics Divisions


he announcement on the 27 February 2019 will leverage the assets and capabilities of the two divisions with the change bringing about the opportunity to strengthen the Group’s core capabilities while optimising their existing portfolio to ensure sustained value creation. The new integrated Division will be led by Kamogelo Mmutlana, the Chief executive officer of the Logistics Division. Mmutlana’s leadership style, performance in turning around the Logistics Division and senior business executive experience in Industrial, Automotive and Food Services, amongst others, made him a standout candidate to anchor the integrated Division and its focus to drive intergroup synergies and provide integrated solutions offerings. Charl Groenewald will take over the Logistics Division as Chief Executive, reporting to the Chief Executive of the Automotive and Logistics division, Kamogelo Mmutlana. Groenewald is seasoned and well-rounded executive with well over 24 years’ experience within Barloworld Equipment. He has a highly attuned appreciation of the challenges of 21st Century business, particularly from a customer experience stand point and has been an instrumental part of many Caterpillar Dealer Advisory Groups.

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Going the Extra Mile


Duroline is recognised worldwide as one of the largest manufacturers of friction material and uses state-of-the-art technology to produce brake linings for medium and heavy duty vehicles. The company is known for supplying brake linings which offer superior performance and durability. “The return of Henred Fruehauf to our customer base is an endorsement for our principal Duroline; but also for Transportation Components’ commitment to South Africa’s heavy transportation sector by consistently supplying quality products from Brazil and Turkey.

Quantum leap as Transportation Components now supplies to OEM Henred Fruehauf Transportation Components, a recognised leader in the distribution of Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) components to the aftermarket, has been appointed as supplier of Duroline brake linings to the well-known OEM Henred Fruehauf


enred Fruehauf are using the Duroline brake linings supplied by Transportation Components in the foundation brakes of the trailers they manufacture. This has not only signified the return of a valued customer. It also means that Transportation Components is not only supplying to the aftermarket - but to an OEM as well. “We really appreciate the trust Henred Fruehauf is placing in us again: not only by depending on us for the all-important brake linings which will be used in the manufacture of their trailer axles; but as a wellknown OEM making use of our OEM components in turn.

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We not only provide quality components to the aftermarket – and now also to a well-known OEM - but also safety and peace of mind,” Patrick Bruinette, National Sales Manager of Transportation Components, explains. The braking system is one of the most critical parts of any truck and trailer combination because the sheer weight of a truck and trailer magnifies the consequences of an accident, which is why heavy vehicle accidents are often blamed on a faulty braking system. Bruinette points out that is the reason why regular, scheduled maintenance and the use of quality components are crucial. Transportation Components had samples of its brake lining friction material tested to determine a baseline for the durability of various friction materials. “Our OEM Duroline brake lining, which are the ‘gold standard’ in the industry, were proven to be from 30 to 50 percent more durable,” Bruinette says.

This really demonstrates recognition for our quality products and excellent service; and furthermore places us in a different league, completing the circle of quality, safety and consistency from our perspective,” says Dave Jenkins, Managing Director of Transportation Components.

Transportation Components puts a lot of effort into educating stakeholders in the transportation industry about the fact that brake friction material can vary in quality. The company also endeavours to reduce the cost-per-kilometre for heavy-vehicle operators by supplying top quality aftermarket parts.

Consistency is one of the main issues in road transport - from manufacture to maintenance - to ensure safe, reliable and cost-effective operation, made possible by the use of OEM components. Transportation Components provides this consistency with components such as the safe, reliable and cost-effective Duroline brake linings.

According to Bruinette, trailer brakes must be maintained according to the specifications on the brake data plate. “The trailer is carrying the actual load and its brake system comprises of at least 50 percent of the complete vehicle combination braking system. That is why it is so important for Henred Fruehauf to use our Duroline brake linings.”

Jenkins explains that Transportation Components prides itself on offering the best quality OEM components, which meet international criteria for safety, quality and environmental standards as well as innovation. “We have a proud record of twenty years as a trusted provider of OEM aftermarket solutions, and as a trusted contributor to the South African transportation sector, we are ready to once again offer Henred Fruehauf as an OEM itself, quality products which will ensure product satisfaction for its customers in turn. We are also very proud of the recognition and kudos which having such a well-known OEM customer confers on Transportation Components. This really represents an important and significant quantum leap for us as a company,” Jenkins concludes. March 2019 / Future Trucking & Logistics



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Ctrack launches ultracompact tracking devices Leading vehicle tracking and telematics provider, Ctrack, has launched its BX500 and BX600 range of wireless, ultra-compact GPS tracking devices.


deal for use in cars, trucks and motorbikes, quads, golf carts, delivery vans and generators, the new devices are also designed to track nonpowered assets like containers, trailers and packages. Both BX models are ultra-compact, meaning either unit can be concealed in cargo easily and both have enough memory to record 25 000 trips. Featuring adaptive tracking, these devices make use of accelerometers as well as data from GPS transmitters, to intelligently detect movements and send live updates. Either model can be scaled to provide continuous tracking information or just once a day in order to preserve internal battery life. The BX500 model is powered by removable Lithium batteries, which can last up to four years when providing a single, daily tracking update. With a robust internal battery pack, the BX600 model can be recharged using the provided microUSB cable and compact charger. Several BX600 units were recently used to monitor the progress of the recent Sasol Solar Car Challenge, with great success. Each device recorded an average of 96 hours of driving time, having been charged once before the event commenced.

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The BX600 model is further equipped to detect tampering. This feature makes it ideal for high-value cargo applications. Both tracking devices are enclosed in rugged housings that are made from sturdy ABS/Polycarbonate plastics. Ctrack’s BX units can be remotely configured and updated over the air and, using a single micro-SIM, can be configured to roam across multiple 2G, 3G or 4G networks in South Africa. With either of these devices, business owners can now be in control of every aspect of their business, knowing where all their assets are and whether they have been moved or not. Game farm and nature reserve managers now also have the ability to see where their mobile assets are when out in the field. Furthermore, those needing to better optimise and control their mobile assets - like delivery motorcycles - can also benefit from Ctrack’s lightweight tracking solutions. By simply dropping the Ctrack BX devices into a bag or cargo hold, Ctrack can discreetly show you where your assets or deliveries are going, as well as how to better plan their next movements.

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NitraLife has it covered! Assists RSI SmartCanopy with on-site, on-demand nitrogen for premiumquality steel and paint finishes With an innovative stainless steel patented design – which is modular and requires very little maintenance – the canopies are primarily used as mobile field service workshops and other pickup-mounted utility applications. In 2014, Rock Solid Industries (‘RSI’) also began producing stainless steel canopies and modular accessories for the leisure vehicle industry. From having two employees in 2007, today the company employs 150 people working at their modern facility in Pietermaritzburg, KwaZulu-Natal. The company exports to 22 countries and has a manufacturing capacity of 2,500 canopies a month – with further expansion expected in 2019. Innovation has been one of the keys to the success of Rock Solid Industries. “We keep improving our manufacturing efficiencies; and we also learn from the market and adapt our designs accordingly,” says Managing Director Michael Voss.


he success story of RSI SmartCanopy is a remarkable one. From a start-up which rubberised pick-up or ‘bakkie’ load bins, within just 11 years, the company has grown into a major manufacturer of various types of canopies for a wide range of pickup trucks.

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Recently, to augment and strengthen its manufacturing efficiencies and capabilities, the company purchased two nitrogen generators from leading local manufacturer and supplier of nitrogen generators, NitraLife. “Two key aspects of the RSI SmartCanopy manufacturing process are the cutting of thin gauge stainless steel up to 2 mm; and the spray painting

of their finished units. In keeping with their ethos of continuous improvement and innovation, RSI sought to improve both these processes even further – and is now using our nitrogen generators to enable them to do so,” explains Tom Sowry, Managing Director of NitraLife. “The one supplies assist gas to the company’s fibre laser cutter; while the other provides clean, dry nitrogen gas for RSI’s spray painting facility,” he explains. Sowry adds that, with the fibre laser cutting of stainless steel, nitrogen gives a superior quality cut which is clean, with no oxidation. “Generating nitrogen for laser cutting on-site and on-demand has proven to be a convenient and cost-effective boon for our customers – including Rock Solid Industries. Furthermore, it has another key added advantage over cylinder gas supply – in that customers never run the risk of downtime due to running out of gas,” he points out. The use of nitrogen also has substantial benefits for RSI’s spray-painting section. “Overall, our quality has vastly improved. We get fewer runs and sags - and consistently achieve excellent gloss levels – even when the ambient temperature is high,” Voss explains. “Today’s pickup trucks have sophisticated paint finishes which match that of any luxury German sedan. Therefore the quality of our paint finishes has to match these high standards,” Voss elaborates. When it comes to these high-end paint finishes, RSI’s customer base expects upmarket standards – at an affordable price. The company has taken appropriate measures, one being that the General Manager: Quality Control has had more than 25 years’ experience working in the LEAN division of an automotive OEM. Furthermore, RSI applies paint finishes to its canopies which exactly match the colour of the vehicle to which the canopy will be fitted. “Keeping up with changing paint colours from OEMs certainly does keep us on our toes,” he explains.

Taking the ongoing demand for quality into account, Voss was quick to see the advantages of having an independent nitrogen supply, both for the laser cutting and spray-painting processes in the business. “Having NitraLife generators means that we can have a reliable supply of gas on-site and ondemand. We estimate that the purchase of the NitraLife units – in comparison to conventional cylinder supply – paid for itself in about 13 months. Thereafter, the only costs to RSI are maintenance and service – which are minimal.” Sowry concurs, adding: “We see considerable growth in the supply of NitraLife nitrogen generators to the spray-painting industry in particular – where the benefits of nitrogen over compressed air have been clearly illustrated time and again.” “We look forward to seeing our on-site, ondemand nitrogen playing its part in enabling RSI to continue producing their innovative, premium-quality products going forward,” he concludes.

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ISUZU Consolidates bakkie and truck plant Creating a more efficient footprint, Isuzu Motors South Africa today officially launched its consolidated truck and bakkie manufacturing plant


he R27-million project of relocating the Isuzu truck production facilities from Kempston Road in Port Elizabeth to Isuzu Motors South Africa’s headquarters in Struandale, Port Elizabeth, ensures all bakkie and truck manufacturing now takes place under one roof. The relocation follows the official merging of Isuzu’s truck and bakkie business in February last year with the establishment of one company, Isuzu Motors South Africa.

“Materials are now stored closer to the truck line which reduces travel distances substantially. This improves efficiency and eliminates waste and unnecessary cost. We also used the opportunity to work together with our source plant to change the way that material is packed, providing us with easier access to the correct material at the correct time. We also came up with some innovative solutions with regards to material storage,” said Vermeulen.

Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director, Michael Sacke, said having both Isuzu production facilities under one roof has many advantages – including driving a common team culture and the optimisation of shared resources.

Compared to the Kempston Road location, a 50% improvement in space utilisation under one roof was achieved, and a 22% improvement in the overall amount of space required.

After 21 years of truck production at Kempston Road, it was the end of an era when the last truck rolled off the production line on 30 November 2018. “We started with regular production of our marketleading trucks at their new home in Struandale in January 2019. These changes have resulted in greater efficiencies in terms of our manufacturing support resources and an opportunity to improve the application of our lean manufacturing system,” said Sacke. It took many months to study, plan and execute the truck plant move and offered the ideal opportunity to correct historical layout inefficiencies, said the Manufacturing and Supply Chain Executive, Johan Vermeulen.

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Managed by Isuzu Motors South Africa’s internal team using local contractors, site preparation took around eight months (Phase 1) followed by the relocation, commissioning and start-up of the truck facility in just seven weeks (Phase 2). Phase 2 took place during the shutdown period, which also included in-depth training for the truck manufacturing team. By positively promoting a single company culture, the new modern site will allow for shared production learning. “By uniting the two manufacturing facilities, the end result will be even better, that is, quality products and services to both our truck and bakkie customers,” Vermeulen concluded.

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Hino SA has ambitious plans for 2019 and the future Hino South Africa, which enjoyed a very successful 2018 in terms of vehicle and parts sales as well as customer and dealer satisfaction ratings, laid out ambitious plans for 2019


he Company has identified a number of focus areas as it gears up to expand its operations and market share in a rapidly changing environment in the local and international truck markets. One of the earliest developments is the restructuring of Hino SA which will include the establishment of a dedicated department to look after the extra-heavy-commercial segment of the market, which is showing significant growth and is vital for future sales expansion. It is already a sizeable market segment that continued to show strong growth in 2018. Another development will be the introduction of Hinomatics, a locally-developed telematics system. It has been tested on Hino’s demo trucks as well as by several customers for two years and will be released later this year. A basic system will be fitted to certain Hino models and then it can be customised to suit specific customer requirements. Another new arrival will be an updated, leading edge e-Hino communication system between Hino SA and its dealer network, which will be even more effective than its long-running predecessor.

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This year will also see the fruits of a 24-month programme to offer price-competitive service and maintenance plans to customers, particularly those operating 300 and 500 series Hino trucks. Another customer benefit will come in the form of the establishment of Hino Financial Services as an accredited finance house and not as a subdivision of Toyota Financial Services, as is the situation currently. Training is seen as a vital component of meeting the challenges of trucking in the future and Hino SA has two innovative programmes planned. One is recruiting learners from inside and outside the industry to undergo a year-long learnership as a truck sales executive in 2020, following a successful, similar course in 2017. A new development is that 28 employees from Hino SA and some of its dealers will embark on an accredited supply chain management course this year, which will enable them to be valuable consultants to Hino customers in this vital aspect of the trucking industry in the 21st century. There is not a great deal coming from Hino in terms of new product following the full model change Wide Cab

500 series launch last year, although a 1627 crew cab freight carrier will be added to this range in March with a choice of automatic or manual transmission.

usage of the buy-backs so they can be sold as used trucks with confidence. This will in turn lead to the introduction of a structured Hino used truck market.

A development that is being welcomed by buyers of Dyna light trucks is the availability of a wide range of customised accessories for this very popular model range, which is sold by both Hino and Toyota dealers.

Meanwhile strategies are in place to lift Hino SA’s BBBEE rating from its current Level 7 to Level 4 by 2021, with dealers being assisted to improve their ratings too.

Hino is currently concentrating on adding more standard safety and driver-support features to its trucks and these benefits will flow into the local market in the future.

Looking further into the future, Trautmann said Hino SA was being motivated by the slogan for the upcoming Tokyo Olympic Games in 2020, which is Start Your Impossible.

Vice President Trautmann made some interesting comments on future plans for Hino both globally and here in South Africa in terms of alternative fuel models. This will include number of Hino 300 dieselelectric hybrids being put into operation locally in a controlled environment.

Hino is adapting this motivating theme, together with the slogan Hino Reborn, to back its expansion strategies going forward to 2025. Here in South Africa the targets are to sell 7 550 trucks a year by 2025, together with 150 000 service units annually and R800-million in annual parts turnover.

By 2025 Hino plans to have four alternative fuel platforms for its trucks, being diesel-electric hybrids, plug-in hybrids, pure electric power, and hydrogen fuel cells. Relevant models will be considered for introduction in South Africa.

Already parts stocking profiles are being developed for each Hino dealer in SA to ensure parts stocked are those required most often in terms of the dealer’s business model, thereby contributing to even better customer service levels.

A development which will be welcomed by customers will be the introduction of a buy-back programme that will be made possible by the launch of Hinomatics that will enable the dealers to monitor the

“We know we are aiming high with these ambitious plans, but we know they are vital to improving our situation here in South Africa so are determined to make them happen,” concluded Trautmann. March 2019 / Future Trucking & Logistics



Zimbabwe and the road haulage industry The road haulage industry is a vehicle for growth in the African economy little room to plan effectively. Fuel remains the biggest contributor to road transport costs, exacerbated by deteriorating road infrastructure, a lack of a skilled workforce and the ever-escalating risk of hijacking. Being exposed to so many pressures, many of which are out of one’s control, it is imperative that fleet owners have safetyfocused business to effectively manage risk on the ground.”


or instance, leading up to the current tensions in Zimbabwe, it has been reported that the risk management teams for South African bus service companies had to amplify their safety measures by monitoring their bus route operations through satellite surveillance, which detect any operational and technical destructions. It is, therefore, imperative that truck and bus fleet owners have safety-focused businesses to effectively manage risk on the ground. Safety programs save money and look good to insurers South Africa is home to the farthest-reaching and highest-quality transport network on the African continent. For the average South African or aspiring entrepreneur, this means the transport sector is a vehicle for growth in South Africa’s economy. Road networks, especially, are our backbone, virtually everything we consume is transported by road haulage services. The road haulage industry is a service-driven industry, responding to fluctuating customer demand and it faces a number of inescapable challenges that have a huge impact on their bottom line. Anton Cornellissen, Head of Heavy Haulage at Santam says “Like the rest of the world, South Africa is bound to global oil fluctuations and as such, the fuel price is constantly changing – leaving businesses with very

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Good drivers are good for business Heavy commercial trucks are one of the most expensive assets retailing from R2.5 million, not to mention the cargo they transport, insurance and the operational costs. Choosing the right employees to drive for your company is the most basic element in your company’s fleet safety program. The 2017 RTMC report shows that human factors were the biggest contributor to road crashes and fatalities, accounting for 91% with driver fatigue listed as one of the leading causes of truck accidents. Your business depends on your drivers and the decisions they make on the road every day. Cornellissen advises that good drivers can help you: • Reduce the cost of loss. • Lower liability in case of loss • Boost your public image The importance of telematics in improving driver behaviour “Telematics technology is becoming more and more important to the trucking industry. It improves maintenance, fuel efficiency, security, road safety, communication, and navigation;” adds Cornellissen. Not only do telematics promote safer driving as the driver is aware that their actions are being filmed, more importantly, GPS tracking and alerts let fleet managers keep track of all vehicles at all times, an especially important feature if a truck is stolen or damaged. Cornellisen concluded that well-trained, stress-free, high performing drivers tend to stay committed to their employer, helping reduce turnover and training costs of new drivers make business sense.

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“Our strategy of being an innovative, integrated mobility solutions company remains integral to growing and expanding our core businesses, with the Group exploring viable acquisition opportunities, both locally and abroad.” Mountford joined Super Group in 2009, when the market capitalisation hit an all-time low of R350 million. Fast forward to ten years later, under Mountford’s leadership, the Group now has a market cap of R15 billion. The Group has seen substantial growth over the past four years, with revenue increasing by 250% from R14.2 billion in 2014 to R35.6 billion in 2018, and a 185% increase in operating profit from R1.3 billion in 2014 to R2.4 billion in 2018, realising significant investment growth for shareholders.

Super Group CEO named All Africa Business Leader of the Year In less than 10 years, Super Group’s market cap grew by R14.65 billion, increased revenue by 250% and operating profit by 185%


uper Group, a leading transport logistics and mobility group, is a real South African business success story having reported remarkable growth under the leadership of CEO, Peter Mountford, who was recently named the 2018 All Africa Business Leader of the Year at the All Africa Business Leaders Awards (AABLA™) Grand Finale. The AABLA distinguish and honour leaders who have contributed and shaped the African economy, and are visionaries behind today’s outstanding businesses. Previous winners of the All Africa Business Leader of the Year award include Adrian Gore, Founder and CEO of Discovery; Segun Agbaje, Managing Director of GT Bank; and Khalid Abdulla, Group CEO of African Equity Empowerment Investments.

Peter Mountford

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Mountford joined the illustrious company of other 2018 AABLA award winners including Sol Kerzner, who was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award, and Sir Donald Gordon who was recognised as the

Philanthropist of the Year. Super Group was also nominated as a Finalist for the Company of the Year award which was won by Ethiopian Airlines. “Peter has sustainably led Super Group over the last ten years by firstly driving the turn around and ultimately its growth strategy that has accorded the group a position of being one of the prominent leading transport logistics and mobility group of companies in the world. The growth strategy included investment and operations in 7 countries in Africa, 2 countries in Europe (Germany & the UK), Australia and New Zealand. He is worthy the AABLA’s and representative of Africa’s best for 2018,” said Sam Bhembe, AABLA Head Judge and CNBC Africa Non-Executive Director. “This achievement is testament to the hard work and dedication of our people which is what makes Super Group a great company. Without the support of our staff we would not have achieved the levels of success we have enjoyed to date,” said Mountford.

“The Group has performed above expectation, producing a stellar set of results which are really pleasing, given the prevailing economic and political conditions, both in South Africa and abroad. It is the attainment of this objective that drives Peter and his team to continue to grow the business through a blend of strategic acquisitions and organic growth, despite challenging circumstances. I would like to extend our appreciation to Peter, the Super Group leadership team and all our employees for contributing to the Group’s success,” said Phillip Vallet, Chairman, Super Group. The Group reported a record set of results for the year ended 30 June 2018, mainly attributable to the excellent performance by the commodities businesses within Supply Chain Africa, good contributions from the acquired businesses, and solid results from SG Fleet. The Dealerships SA and UK operations outperformed their respective markets, while the South African consumer business operated in an environment characterised by poor consumer demand and competitive trading conditions. Another notable achievement during the year under review was Super Group Holdings Proprietary Limited’s B-BBEE status increasing from a level 2 contributor to a level 1 contributor.

March 2019 / Future Trucking & Logistics



Stop-start technology – make sure your battery keeps up Probe, South Africa’s largest distributors of premium, maintenance-free, fit and forget batteries offers stop-start batteries that reduce fuel consumption


ithin the next few years, almost all newlymanufactured cars (90%) will have builtin functionality that can contribute to a cleaner environment. Stop-start technology reduces fuel consumption and harmful emissions by reducing the amount of time the engine spends idling, especially when sitting in gridlocked traffic. And idling is a huge waste of petrol (and money). In the United States alone, idling can waste as much as 3.9 billion gallons of petrol. Gains from the stop-start technology can be anywhere from 3 to 10 percent, potentially as high as 12 percent; the longer you sit, the more you gain. Most of the newer car models driving on South Africa’s roads today include stop-start technology, which it’s however important for drivers of cars equipped with this functionality to use the correct type of battery in order to avoid battery failure, says expert Rick Rovelli of Probe, SA’s leading importer of batteries. “The purpose of stop-start technology is to automatically shut down and restart the internal combustion engine. When the car is stationary or out of gear, fuel delivery is halted and the spark to the engine is lost. The ignition begins again when the car starts moving or the clutch is pressed. This process happens automatically, but some car models enable the driver to choose whether the system is active or disabled by pushing their car’s stop-start button,” Rovelli explains.

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Rovelli says that the high demands of stop-start systems require a specific type of battery such as enhanced flooded battery (EFB). However, drivers and especially second-users of cars with stop-start systems can be tempted to opt for a regular flooded battery (lead-acid battery) because the EFB is more costly, across all battery brands. Using a standard battery instead of an EFB can cause battery failure within 2 to 4 months of installation. “As we can switch on our cars so effortlessly, we tend to forget the enormous amount of power required to ignite the engine. This is the single most demanding thing that your battery will ever do so if you’re repeatedly doing this over short bursts and in lowspeed drives such as when you’re sitting in a traffic jam, you will need a heavier-duty performer than a standard lead-acid battery.” EFB batteries are an evolution of the lead-acid battery to deal with the extra power and thermal requirements in a stop-start environment. The main benefits of EFB technology include an improved charge acceptance and greater cyclic durability when operating in a reduced state of charge which is typical of stop-start applications. Rovelli explains, “In a stop-start system, the EFB battery will have to provide approximately 85,000 engine starts compared to the standard 30,000 starts from a lead-acid battery. This means that in this application, the lead-acid battery would overheat, which significantly shortens its service life.”

Rovelli adds that besides the stop-start system requirements, cars today are equipped with many power-consuming items. He says, “Consider all the additional devices that you may have operating in your car - your GPS device, your smartphone interface and even a DVD screen. New technologies demand a robust, long-wearing and powerful battery to get the job done without fail.” Stop-start with Probe for light duty vehicles: The EFB 646 (60 amp hour)/ 652 (70 amp hour)/ 668 (80 amp hour)/ 658 (90 amp hour) • Excellent for conventional stop-start systems • High cycling performance • Improved charge acceptance • Long service life • Probe promise of true fit-and-forget Stop-start with Probe for heavy duty vehicles: The EFB 696 (180 amp hour)/ 695 (225 amp hour) • Suited for heavy vehicles which require deep-cycling characteristics • Excellent vibration resistance and cyclability • Technology includes improved cast plates fixed with hot melt resin and polyester scrim and glass fleece to the plates. • Custom acid circulation system to reduce acid stratification improve the performance and life of the battery • longer service life due to extended warranty • Probe promise of true fit-and-forget, maintenance free batteries

March 2019 / Future Trucking & Logistics



Truck 2019

Eqstra Fleet Management wins Tiger Brands

Fleet 2019

Eqstra Fleet Management has been awarded a three-year Full maintenance rental contract from Tiger Brands


he initial role out consists of 31 x Ford EcoSport’s which will be followed by the replacement of their existing fleet with an approximate fleet size of 100. The vehicles will be utilized by the Tiger Brands sales force. The solution provides a single point of access across the full range of fleet management products including fleet strategy (fleet goals and priorities, fleet administration and fleet KPI’s); fleet acquisition and fleet selection, negotiated dealer discounts and accessories and aftermarket fitments; fleet services such as fines management, fleet optimization, roadside assistance and licence renewals; and maintenance management including service and scheduling, tyre maintenance, preventative management, breakdown management and support, downtime management, cost management and reporting. Fuel management including fuel cards and e-tag controls, risk management including driver scorecards,

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GPS tracking, smartphone apps and insight reporting as well as fleet remarketing are also included in the scope of the contract. To support Tiger Brand’s Fleet Strategy, a dedicated customer relationship team, including on-site representation will be provided by Eqstra. Announcing the contract, Murray Price, COO of Eqstra, said “Our integrated fleet management system, Quest, provides sophisticated reporting and analysis tools which will enable Tiger Brands to maximize efficiencies and cost reductions,” he said. According to Marc Eyres, Chief Customer Officer at Tiger Brands, “the overriding driver of this new initiative is the safety of our employees. Our strategic partnership with Eqstra will enable us not only to ensure safer driving conditions for our sales force but will allow us to realize substantial savings which we can now utilize towards growth initiatives within the company”.

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